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Subject: Good one
Stronge set of songs. I must admit.. I'm a sucker for these China/Rider shows from this year. Not the most energetic show but but certainly tight. Jerry's voice is beautiful yet vigorous (must of had the perfect cocktail going that night). Keith was still experimenting with his newly discovered Fender Rhodes, which was vital for the Blues for Allah sessions. They were on the cusp of greatness and they new it. Wave that flag.. wave is wide and high!
Subject: Billy Kreutzmann
Billy's playing stands out to me the most on this evening. He seems either particularly inspired, or had played this material so much over the busy touring years of 73 and 74 - that he was doing extra challenging things to keep it interesting. There are drum fills where there usually aren't, and sometimes when there usually is, he plays it straight. The toms are deep and full enough to be called tom-toms. Billy's triplets and rolls are flowing this night, especially the one leading out of the second chorus of "Playin in the Band" and into the jam when the key goes minor.
It also seems that Keith play the electric piano all through this show. Some of the bluesier and countrified songs that would normally get grand piano, get a slightly more funk/jazz and reggae feel that was to come. Keith's melody during the jams is especially good this eve.
It makes me wonder if there wasn't room for the piano at this venue, and moreover if this was a wall of sound show?? I'm sure they had a rider agreement with stage requirement specs by then. Maybe the band got tired of carrying in the piano every night. (Kidding)
Donna seems to be missing. I like Donna, however the band does play differently on those nights. The tour in Nov and Dec of 73 demonstrates that as well.
I sometimes stream these shows to my tape deck, so I can play them in my car (yep). I originally picked select songs to fill up one tape, but I had to come back for the rest of the show to see what Billy was doing....
Dylan M -
Subject: U.S. Blues Jam?!
Very rare U.S. Blues post Jam into Promised Land. Sounds pretty great to me. Nice interplay between Billy, Keith, and Jerry. I can't think of any other time they jammed out of U.S. Blues.
Short show for 1974, but whose counting?
Thank you Charlie for remastering this board. It sounds like they're playing in my living room.
Compared to other shows from June and August, this show is great playing quality, but no extended second set jam.
What can I say? It's '74 these guys are on fire pretty much all the time. This is an excellent performance and a good remastered recording by Charlie.
Nice recording, Going down the road , Jerry kicking it ! Hvae to roll one up at lunch